Copyright Law For Internet Marketers

Copyright laws are not specific to the internet, but they do affect what you can and cannot do as the owner of an online business.

In its simplest form, a copyright violation is when you copy someone else’s protected work without his or her permission.

Common Violations

It’s difficult to know for sure, because there are copyright violations galore on the internet, but making an educated guess, I’d say these two are the most frequent violations committed by internet marketers:

  • Copying and using a copyrighted image as your own, and
  • Copying text from another website and using it as your own.

Although auto-blogs are perhaps less common today than they once were, there are still many variations on that theme being used where content is scraped from other websites and used for commercial purposes on a different website.

One has to be very careful with these types of approaches and the use of such tactics is definitely discouraged. Most common uses of “scraped” content are, in all likelihood, violations of someone’s copyright.

What Harm Can It Do?

Let’s not even discuss the harm to the person or company from whom the

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Identity Theft – The Effects of ID Theft on Your Life

Identity theft has become a more serious issue in the current era of mass communications and computers, because of the increasing automation of transactions involving your personal details.

In addition to the old methods of digging through residential trash for snippets of credit card bills and identifying documents, identity thieves now can access the internet with passwords capture through social engineering and coaxing people to send such details to them.

As you might expect, the results of identity theft on your life can be fiscally and psychologically debilitating.

Destroying Your Credit History

One of the more insidious effects of identity theft is what it can do to your credit score in the future immediately following the initial discovery. Although most credit cards have robust rules in place forgiving you for any charges made in the event of identity theft, these can take a long time to kick in when there’s a lot of rectification to be done tracing the effects of the culprit’s actions.

Because the charges have been registering for some time before you become aware of the theft, these adverse actions accumulate on

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It’s a Matter of Copyright – Design Professionals Should Always Beware

Rarely do copyright issues in the design community result from conscious discernment or deliberate acts. More likely, a client provides the design professional with a complete set of drawings to reference as a starting point for design. The design professional does not look for or notice a copyright mark anywhere on the drawings, and does not even consider the potential that the plans are copyrighted drawings which could set off a copyright confrontation. Or even if copyright is taken into consideration, the design professional may assume the client’s ownership of the documents, or simply emphasize the value of accomplishing the project and impressing the new client over pursuit of the matter. The bottom line is that copyright infringement does not get the earnest consideration as a legal risk that it should, and most design professional instead take a chance and operate on the theory that nothing will ever come of it.

Architectural drawings are without a doubt copyrighted material; no matter whether there is a copyright stamp or not. Whereas the origin of the plans may not be apparent, one detail is clear: If the work is not of your original design and you work off them,

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property – Steps to Ensure No Information Is Leaked

Regardless of your type of business, intellectual property can be one of your most valuable assets. Intellectual property is any unique creation and expression of the mind. Whether your business is technology-, consumer- or professional service-based, protecting your intellectual property, such as trade secrets, can be key factors to your success. For that reason, investing in the protection of your intellectual property is an important part of your business operation. Failure to police and defend your intellectual property rights could ultimately result in a loss of financial gain. Certain laws have been put into place to help protect your intellectual property, such as trade dress, copyrights, patents and trademarks.

Trade secrets include things such as formulas, practices, processes, designs, instruments, patterns, or a compilation of information that is not generally known or easily attained. Using trade secrets, businesses obtain an economic advantage over competition. In order to have a trade secret, companies must take steps to protect the secrecy of their information. Exposing a trade secret means competitors can have access to that knowledge, which could impair that company’s market dominance or market position.

One of the easiest

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5 Questions To Ask Of Estate Lawyers

Many of us have certainly pondered aspects of what will happen after we die. As humans it’s natural to consider the impact our passing will have on those around us. Unfortunately, the process of documenting our wishes can be a difficult one to address, and all too often is neglected until we’re faced with the unfortunate reality of old age or illness.

Fortunately, there are qualified estate lawyers who can assist in ensuring that the dispersal of assets and implementation of wishes are taken care of after death by helping to craft a legal will and/or trust. These documents serve to outline our wishes and ease the burden on those we leave behind. As such, it’s important to know that the individuals entrusted with helping to prepare these documents are well qualified and have their clients’ best interests in mind. Here are 5 important questions to ask of perspective estate lawyers.

What Is Your Background In Estate Planning?

Experience is often the key to establishing the estate lawyers who are best suited to handling complicated matters involving asset allocation and trusts. While some lawyers practicing more general law may be able to draw up a

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5 Things You May Not Know About Property Law

“What’s mine is mine,” as the saying goes. From childhood onward, we all have had experiences of owning things. Some things we sell, and some we trade or give away. As we grow older, we own more things on a much larger scale, such as automobiles and real estate. As we know, the law has some ground rules when it comes to this large-scale ownership. Do you know the difference between freehold and non-freehold property? Here are some things you may not have known about property law:

Real estate is governed on a state level – What state are you from? Every state in the USA holds exclusive jurisdiction over every plot of land within state lines. This is because, during the formulation of these laws, different states offered different crops. Propositions in the laws served to guarantee a clear-cut understanding of how crops should be cultivated and shared. Today, the states do not hold these same concerns, but still control how land is owned within their borders.

Do you live on specialty estates? – If a freehold estate is property you own for an indefinite period of time, and non-freehold estate is property you rent

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If That Is the Law Then

The nineteenth century British author Charles Dickens once worked as a clerk in a law firm and many of his novels’ characters were derived from clients he met during his work in the firm. In one of his novels from the 1840’s, I do not remember which Dickens’ novel, there was a colloquy between two of the characters. The first character explains the workings of a new British law that had just gone into effect to the second character. Upon hearing of the new law the second character responds incredulously: “Sir, if that is the law, then the law is an ass!” Since reading that Dickens novel whose title I do remember, I have often read of new laws or legal rulings that remind me that the Dickens character was correct in describing the “law as an ass.” Here is one case on point I remember writing about at the time.

In 2008 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit over turned a, then recently, enacted New York law that required airlines to give food, water, clean toilets and fresh air to passengers stuck in delayed planes. The law was struck down by the court

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No Means No (Maybe)

In the book “Outliers,” author Malcolm Gladwell says it takes roughly 10,000 hours to achieve mastery in a field. With lawyers, you have to ask “Are we talking about billable hours?” If that’s the case, mastery could be achieved in a month! I’m kidding. Still, we all know the dirty little secret about becoming good at something: lots of hard work over many years. No short cut. No magic. Or as Samuel Goldwyn said “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

When it comes to dynamic regulatory areas of law, like healthcare law, legal analysis is unique. The laws change and get interpreted all the time. What once seemed clear one day, seems less clear another. What regulators ignored in the past becomes a priority today, with all sorts of clarifying regulation and activity. That’s the nature of many areas of the law which are so heavily influenced by public policy, especially where regulatory enforcement is a stated priority, as it is in healthcare.

Given these unique pressures, lawyers who routinely work in healthcare law develop over time a unique ability to analyze options and risks. Their analysis is not so “black and white” because

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The Safety of Smart, Contactless Credit Cards

It is highly probable that you have already seen TV ads promoting the use of an RFID credit card case. You may be wondering what RFID stands for in the first place and why these cards are protected by aluminum casing. To start out, RFID is an acronym for the technology referred to as radio frequency identification. Most of the major financial institutions like banks now offer these credit cards that feature built-in RFID chips.

One of the major reasons why the use of such cards as well as encasing them in a thin hard aluminum case is being encouraged is because these are said to be a lot easier compared to the traditional magnetic cards that need to be swiped to make a purchase. Credit card companies are touting these new cards to be more convenient. And, indeed they are.

Why Contactless?

If this is the first time you have encountered the term ‘contactless’ credit cards or if you just have recently seen someone using an aluminum card case, you may be wondering why such word has been used to describe them. The answer

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Identity Theft Through Stolen Credit Card Details – How to Protect Yourself

Credit card fraud is one of the most common cases of identity theft. In fact, it is also the simplest kind where such criminal activities take form. It can happen with a single mistake of leaving a receipt lying around that shows a purchase using your credit card. It can also occur when a pre-approved card has fallen into the hands of unscrupulous individuals. There are many other ways that identity thieves can rack up fraudulent charges, but all of them can result in the victim suffering from severe financial problems.

Fortunately, there are many different ways wherein you can protect yourself from becoming a victim of such crimes. Knowing what to do to safeguard yourself from identity thieves is the first step to avoid the potential consequences associated with having someone use your information for fraudulent charges. Here are some of them.

Guard your Online Information

If you often do your banking responsibilities and shopping through the world wide web, you should understand that this can put your information at greater risk. In order for you to continue enjoying the convenience of banking and shopping online while

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Knowing Your Safety Signs – Colours Used in Fire Exit Signs

In the event of an emergency, say a fire, would you know immediately what to do? The fire safety rules are posted in buildings to educate you on this matter. Speaking of which, without looking, what colours are used in exit signs? What about the notices beside the fire fighting equipment? The purpose of a fire exit or fire escape is to aid you in the time of just such an emergency so you can safely evacuate a building in time and probably save your life.

In the UK, standard fire exit signs are green in colour. In the US they would sometimes be red, but this also depends on a number of things. The first thing to note is the building code which only allows the green signs to be put up.

The reasons for this are varied. Some people may not be able to distinctly tell that a red exit sign is pointing towards an exit in a flame because of the colour. One theory is that the colour red cannot be easily distinguished from flames at a distance which would cause a trapped victim to completely overlook the exit.

Also, if someone

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Warning Signs for Public Spaces: “Clean Your Hands Signs

Customer satisfaction is the driving force behind any successful business or service provider. If a customer feels they are being cared for adequately and operating in a safe and clean environment, they are likely to be more impressed with the services.

Having instructional warning signs for your business can make a whole world of a difference in your customer’s experience. This is what our company strives to provide for homes and businesses. A lot of times we assume that we don’t need to be told what to do in terms of keeping ourselves healthy because it is naturally a part of us. However, you would be surprised at how much of a difference “clean your hands signs” can make in the number of people who actually do so.

We often know what to do after we finish using the toilet, but sometimes we need just that reminder to keep us in track. Not that we are ignorant, no. It’s just that we forget because we are humans after all. So it is quite important to have warning sign reminders in your business or home for this purpose.

In any environment, warning signs enable people to

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What You Don’t Know About Computers May Get Your Identity Stolen

With the recent hacking of social sites, and the traumatic experiences that are in my book about identity theft and identity fraud, gives me even more reason to pause. Our privacy has been compromised for years. Yet, no one actually takes the time to really listen to what is “really” being said. If our information is stolen, we do not know how many people the thief actually sells our information to and what happens after the sale.

Working in the financial industry for many years, I witnessed the exact same situations. My clients, and with people who didn’t become my clients. They said, “Oh, it will never happen to me.” Many of these people would tell me God would take care of them. Had it ever occurred to these people, that working through my services, was God’s way of helping these folks?

After leaving the financial industry, and I left because of my own identity theft, my lessons of life escalated. I myself never thought that I would be the target of identity thief. Yet, it happened to me. While alone and in trauma, I learned everything possible about the computer, and also how the

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Learn The Cold Hard Facts Of Identity Theft Before It’s Too Late

Purse snatchers, pick pockets, and bank robbers still pose a threat to the world. The few that try or even commit these crimes usually get caught because they are visible and the authorities can get descriptions and data. These criminals can run but they can’t hide.

Technology and communication have produced the most dangerous and educated criminals in the history of society. The Phantoms of Identity Theft are invisible and growing stronger by the minute. Much like roaches they crawl through the nook and crannies of lives waiting patiently for victims to turn out the lights granting them the freedom to crawl.

It can happen to you or a member of your family within the blink of an eye. Phantoms of identity theft are thieves without borders.The stakes are high. Rolling the dice of life without knowledge of identity protection can destroy and strip people naked and chain them to poverty. Sadly the Phantoms usually keep the key and never unlock the chains.

Nothing is more dangerous than sincere ignorance. Careless habits with no thought of present moment awareness can lead to disaster. Habits are part of the footprints people leave in their path as

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Force the Sale of Property With an “Order for Sale”

When more than one person owns property disputes are always a worry. Complication and financial issues can complicate the issue which can eventually lead to one person wanting out. If the owners are married this can be due to a divorce. When one person wants the house to be sold but the other doesn’t (normally because they are living in it) then it is possible for the courts to step in and force the sale. They will do this with what is known as an Order for Sale.

If the relationship between the two owners is romantic then the common result of a separation is one owner moves out of the property while the other remains living there. This can be distressing to everyone, but especially to the person who cannot live in the house they partially own. An order for sale would be used in this instance because the resident in the property will probably refuse the sale as they get the house to themselves! The courts step in to help everyone move on with their lives with the investment that they have put into the property.

How to Determine Who Owns of the Property

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